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The Collector

Lu par : James Wilby
Durée : 8 h et 55 min
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Withdrawn, uneducated, and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. He is obsessed with a beautiful stranger, the art student Miranda.

When he wins the pools, he buys a remote Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda, believing she will grow to love him in time. Alone and desperate, Miranda must struggle to overcome her own prejudices and contempt if she is understand her captor, and so gain her freedom.

©1963 John Fowles (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Sharon
  • 04/06/2013

Masterful narration

It's a powerful story of obsession and delusion. The perpetrator seem to see himself as the victim. I suppose he was the victim of a delusional mind. Hats off to James Wilby for his wonderful narration.

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  • Rochelle
  • 18/08/2014

Creepy!

The story starts out creepy & stays that way right until the end. John Fowles has done a brilliant job of creating these characters, particularly Frederick, who seems as though he ought to be as harmless as the butterflies he collects - but who is anything but.

"Gripping" would be a good adjective for this one. It is a remarkably well written story, my favourite so far of the Fowles books available on the Audible book store. It's compelling from beginning to end.

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  • moo
  • 10/08/2014

Fantastic first person book, amazing narration

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The Collector is one of the best first person books I've listened to. The narration is fantastic. The main character is painted with such clairty, creepy, chilling, fantastic book.

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  • willow33
  • 28/03/2018

Perhaps Better Read

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I have no idea what Fowles's intentions were with this acclaimed book, but I only enjoyed listening to half of it - the bad guy's half. This may have been a reaction to the narrator's OTT reading of the victim. It had me rooting for the bad guy. Maybe that was Fowles intention. I don't know and what seemed to me as mostly a college dissertation certainly didn't make me care.

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  • Darwin8u
  • 11/08/2012

You DON'T tell a Disease its Name

I loved this novel of obsession, passion and control. While at the plot level it seems like (what now is a basic, but when it came out was revolutionary) psychological creep thriller (see Criminal Minds, Law & Order, Misery, etc.), this novel is much, much more. It is an exploration and a nuanced look at class struggles, art, power, religion, money, etc.). It is a novel that resonates on several levels. It reminded me of a some weird love-child of Vladimir Nabokov and Thomas Harris. But, perhaps that is just the whispers of all those moths and butterflies talking to me. The narrator bugged at times, but overall did a good job.

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  • Erica Smith
  • 28/02/2013

Perfect Performance

What did you love best about The Collector?

This is a masterpiece of a first novel.

What did you like best about this story?

Bizarre and powerful. A compelling portrait of intriguing self-delusion.

Which character – as performed by James Wilby – was your favorite?

Wilby slips into the role so effortlessly that one easily forgets that it isn't actually Ferdinand Clegg telling the story. Wilby should be nominated for an award.

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  • Alexandra
  • 18/08/2019

Brilliant! and amazing narration must read!

I am surprised this hasn't been read read by more people! this is not only a great suspense, it's explores the twisted mind an logic of a psychopath but also how beauty and goodness can be stripped down to nothing. the narrator is wonderful and makes the characters alive , so you can just see them and understand who the are!

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  • Brother John
  • 04/03/2019

One of the best ever

One of the best ever, period. Read this book, read this book, read this book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27/02/2019

A favorite of serial killers...

I found out about this book in a weird way. Through my guilty pleasure of true crime podcasts, I learned that more than one of the most haunting killers chronicled, had this book in their possession. I thought - how creepy must this book be? For me, the writing was dull. The second part, which is written from the point of view of Miranda, the kidnapped girl, seemed unbelievable and tedious. I felt kind of sick the entire time I was listening and only finished it in the hopes of some sort of redemption and satisfaction, which I didn’t get. I think the author captured the mind of a sadistic killer but never managed to create a real human out of the kidnapped woman. She remained one dimensional, which is just the way serial killers like them, I suppose.

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  • Gregory J. Marshall
  • 04/10/2018

pre "serial killer" nomenclature

The writing was great, the tangents about the older artist friend slowed down the action considerably but nicely juxtaposed two types of predator. I was expecting much more scare, although the last chapter is authentically chilling.

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